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March 23, 2009

 
 
REALTOR® Idol Competition
and Texas Hold 'em
            
RPAC Annual Fundraiser
at La Fontaine Bleu
Tuesday, April 21
REALTOR® Idol Contest ~ Texas Hold'em Poker
Door Prizes ~ Silent Auction
Join the fun and order your tickets now!

$35 RPAC Contribution = 1 Casino Night Ticket
Receive THREE Tickets for $100 RPAC Contribution!

Click here for a printable flyer >>

 
ARE YOU AN UNDISCOVERED
SINGING SENSATION?
Then we want YOU to participate in
REALTOR® IDOL
TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009
At the RPAC Fundraiser
Are You a REALTOR® Idol? Singer, comedian, magician? Any REALTOR® or affiliate may participate. Pre-registration required. You will need to bring your own music.

Please complete the attached form, or sign up while buying your tickets at pgcar.com.

GRAND PRIZE: Two night hotel stay in Ocean City during the MAR Convention, and two tickets to the Shark Attack Party where you will compete with the other REALTOR® Idols from across the State.

 
CHRISTMAS IN APRIL
Volunteer Now to Make a Difference!

Date:   4/25/2009
Time:   7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location:   A Prince George's County home site —   or two!

Please join us on Saturday, April 25 to help a needy Prince George's family with general home repair. If you can hold a hammer, paint brush or broom you can help. No special skills required ~ please come and help out! The Community Service Committee will be putting together at least one team of workers.

Please sign up now to help Committee planning!

 
Congratulations PGCAR 2008 Award Winners
Linda Simpson and Lorenzo Wooten (Rookie of the Year)
Linda Simpson and Lorenzo Wooten, Rookie of the Year
Linda Simpson and Pat Dowtin (Bill Benjamin Award)
Linda Simpson and Pat Dowtin, Bill Benjamin Award recipient
Linda Simpson and Gregory Bennett (Hall of Fame)
Linda Simpson and Gregory Bennett, Hall of Fame inductee
- P L A T I N U M -
$42 Million
Mike Patrick
$22 Million
John Lesnewski
$19 Million
Bill Franklin
$18 Million
Eric Womack
$16 Million
Annick Kelley
$14 Million
Jean M. Bourne - Pirovic
$13 Million
Daniel Khoshtinat
Pete Sokowski
$12 Million
Darlene Jabir
Frank McKnew
Victor D. Watson
$11 Million
Desiree Callender
- G O L D -
$9 Million
Sonatta Camara
$8 Million
Gregory Bennett
Terri Shipp
$7.5 Million
Cheryl Abrams
Bonnie Gregorio
- S I L V E R -
$6 Million
Sharon Blackett
Sharon A. McCraney
Donna Vencil
$5 Million
Mike Cerrito
LaTanya Drayton
Beverly Evans
Germaine Folk
 
Donald L. Frederick
Art Hess
Nasi Khoshtinat
Stanita Scott
- B R O N Z E -
$4 Million
Rhonda L. Hamilton
Homai McDowell
Emerick A. Peace
$3 Million
Thurman L. Battle
Chaunya Blackwell
Janet Faison
Glenn W. Feagin
Titus Folayan
Edith T. Geddings
Tammy Kornegay
Brenda Lawson
Monique Renee Lucas
Dani Moore
Ken Montville
Shaunte Parker
Sheryl Romeo
Mylene "Mya" L. Talavera
Roberta Behan Yaklich
$2.5 Million
Leon Bailey
Karen W. Beall
Wanda Farrar
James R. Haskins
George Hockaday-Bey
Christine Langford
Josephine Mourning
Yolanda Muckle
Sean Munford
Billy Okoye
Chris Richardson
Andre Scott
Andre Smith
Diane Wright
See more photos from the Awards Celebration in the pgcar.com Newsroom!

 
 
SPRING FOOD DRIVE
The need for food has nearly depleted the food supply at area food banks. Please help us replenish the food supplies by bringing your non-perishable food items to the Association office between now and April 30th.

You can also help by holding your own office food drive. If you would like to have a Member of the Community Service Committee pick up the food from your office, please contact Marie at PGCAR - 301.306.7900.

You may also bring your food contributions to the RPAC Fundraiser
on April 21st at La Fontaine Bleu.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

 
WCR ANNUAL PRAYER BREAKFAST
Women's Council of REALTORS®
Prince George's County Chapter invites you to its

31st Annual Prayer Breakfast
Good Friday, April 10, 8 - 11 a.m.

At La Fontaine Bleu

GUEST SPEAKER: Rev. Juanita Maclin, Evangel Assembly, Temple Hills, MD

SOLOIST: Wanda Petty

CONTACTS: Rose Marie Jung, 301.318.4655 and Alease Bowles, 301.599.9373.

$20 Registration / Donation accepted at pgcar.com, by fax / mail, or at the Prayer Breakfast.

 
 
CONTINUING EDUCATION

Earn All Required
MD Continuing Education Hours
During April at PGCAR.


Tuesday, April 7
Reverse Mortgages
1.5 MD Elective CEU
Bruce Winstead 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, April 15
MD Legislative Update
3.0 MD Required Legislative Update CEU;
3.0 DC Elective CEU
Don Martin 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
MD Fair Housing
1.5 MD Required Fair Housing CEU;
1.5 DC Elective CEU
Don Martin 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Thursday, April 23
MD Code of Ethics
3 MD Required Ethics CEU;
3 DC Elective CEU
Don Martin 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
New Agent Survival
3 MD Elective CEU;
3 DC Elective CEU
Stu Stern 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Starting Thursday, July 9
GRI Series IV
- Full Series of 5 Classes Begins

30 Elective CEU, MD
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Starting Wednesday, October 7
GRI Series I
- Full Series of 5 Classes Begins

30 MD CEU - covering 1.5 hrs Fair Housing,
3 hrs Ethics, and 25.5 hrs Elective CE
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Full CEU Schedule >>

 
 
Rookie REALTOR® Society Presents:
Contracts
Thursday, April 2

At La Fontaine Bleu,
7963 Annapolis Road
Lanham, MD 20706

9:30 a.m. Registration & Networking
10:00 - 12:00 noon Seminar

FREE to all Rookies, but registration is required.

RSVP HERE!

The Rookie Society is growing! Join the group that's Jumping in to a Great Career! Download the flyer, save the dates of future meetings and come on out for FREE industry know-how and networking.

 

 

Costly Septic System Requirements for Homeowners

The Maryland Senate is voting on onerous septic legislation
TOMORROW, TUESDAY MORNING that will cost many homeowners $12,000 or more!

Please take a few minutes to visit the MAR Action Center, read the information on Senate Bill (SB) 554 and use the "Send This Message" link to email a message to your Senator in opposition of this bill. HURRY - It only takes a few minutes and the vote is scheduled for the morning. Click here to take action now in support of affordable homeownership >>

 

 
Banks in Real Estate - DEFEATED!

On March 11, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 1105, the Omnibus Appropriations Bill, into law. In doing so, he ended our nearly eight-year battle to preserve the separation between banking and commerce.

This new law permanently bans large national banking conglomerates from entering the real estate business by preventing the Treasury and Federal Reserve, by rule, order, or any other way, from opening the door to such activities. NAR, MAR and PGCAR legislative advocates for homeownership and our industry have been fighting the banks' entry into real estate for eight years. This is a great victory for REALTORS® and consumers!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and more details are available on REALTOR.org >>

Congratulations for your help in educating Congress on this issue, and for your support of RPAC.

 
Mortgage Interest Deduction

NAR has been closely monitoring the proposal to limit the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID) itemized deduction for individuals earning more than $250,000 a year. NAR will stay alert and keep REALTORS® posted on further actions needed to continue fighting any proposed reduction in the Mortgage Interest Deduction.

An update is available for you on REALTOR.org >>

 
Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC)

On December 23, 2008, New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (government sponsored enterprises) announced the final agreement of the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC). The agreement establishes standards on solicitation, selection, compensation, conflicts of interest and appraiser independence. The HVCC is effective May 1, 2009, for any mortgage that will be sold to the GSEs. Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) mortgages are not covered in the agreement.

HVCC Frequently Asked Questions >>

 

Code of Ethics Case Study: Case #12-9:
Unethical Advertising

REALTOR® A inserted an ad in the local newspaper soliciting $5,000 investments in a "sure thing". The ad explained that he was seeking only ten investors at $5,000 each; that each investor would receive $6,000 for his investment in 30 days; or if he chose to invest for a longer period, could receive $8,000 in 90 days. The ad stated that REALTOR® A personally guaranteed this investment experience to the first ten investors who responded to the ad.

The President of REALTOR® A's Board saw the ad and was concerned. He requested the Board's Grievance Committee to review the matter and determine if a hearing was warranted. The Grievance Committee asked REALTOR® A to demonstrate that he had put liquid assets in escrow to back up his published guarantee. REALTOR® A was at first evasive, and then explained that there was no possibility of any one losing any money as a result of his ad because he had simply been using ingenuity to develop a list of prospects interested in small real estate investments.

The Grievance Committee referred the matter to the Professional Standards Committee of the Board for a hearing, charging a violation of Article 12 of the Code of Ethics. In the subsequent hearing, REALTOR® A explained that he had told those who inquired that the opportunity was no longer available, but that he would take their names and addresses for future investment opportunities that might arise. He explained that in this case any guarantee he would make in a tangible transaction would, of course, be fully protected by liquid assets put in escrow.

You Be the Judge

Based on your understanding of the Code of Ethics Article 12, how do you think the Professional Standards Panel ruled?

Find out here >>

 
 
MORTGAGE RATES DROP BELOW 5%

Freddie Mac reports a drop in the 30-year fixed mortgage rate to 4.98 percent during the week ended March 19 from 5.03 percent, marking the lowest rate since 4.96 percent in mid-January.

Experts say rates could fall further in response to the Federal Reserve's announcement that it will add $1.2 trillion to the economy to alleviate the credit crisis.

 
HELP WIN $10,000 FOR THE PRINCE GEORGE'S COMMUNITY

PGCAR members do so much to help others. Help us share this good news and we could win a donation from MAR of $1,000, $5,000 or $10,000 to the charities of our choice!

Do you volunteer for your church, collect money or toys for "Toys for Tots," raise or make donations to charitable organizations, drive for Meals on Wheels, donate time at your child's school or Scouts? However you volunteer and give back to the community, we'd like to hear about it! Please complete the online form in the PGCAR.com Community Service section.

Let's win that C.A.R.E. award for the Prince George's community at the 2009 MAR Convention. With your help we can do that. The deadline is May 29th. We know many of you participate in multiple community events, so please submit as early as possible and with photos and testimonials when available.    Online Form >>

 

SPOTLIGHT SPECIALS

Place your ad in the Official Homes Section of The Prince George's County Association of REALTORS®, brought to you by The Gazette. This is a special pullout FULL COLOR supplement reaching over 127,000 homes and businesses in Prince George's County.

CHOOSE YOUR SPECIAL!!!

  1. BUY 1 AD, GET AN AD IN THE GAZETTE OF YOUR CHOICE FOR 15% OFF
  2. BUY 2 ADS, GET THE 3rd HALF PRICE
  3. BUY 3 ADS, GET THE INTERNET FREE FOR 3 MONTHS
    (ad must be the same ad that is in the spotlight and will run for 3 months straight)

BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT FOR FREE!

That's right, FREE! Write an article that would be of interest to real estate consumers and have it published in the Official Homes Section of The Prince George's Association of REALTORS® - brought to you by The Gazette.

Article
Deadline
Monday,
April 13
  Ad Copy
Deadline
Wednesday,
April 15
  Publication
Date
Thursday,
April 23

If you are interested in writing an article or placing an ad, please contact
Heidi Lamere at 240-473-7588 or hlamere@gazette.net.

 
 
VOLUNTEER FOR A NAR COMMITTEE

Members! The National Association is now accepting recommendations for committee service in 2010. Please recommend yourselves or other suitable candidates for up to three committee positions at the national level. We encourage you to nominate yourself, and encourage others whom would also make good leaders.

For NAR committee leadership positions, please go to the NAR Governance: Committees section of REALTOR.org. There you will find a direct link to the Online Committee Recomendation Database and details of the 2010 NAR Committees.

All committee recommendations must be submitted at REALTOR.org.
Deadline for submission is May 26, 2009.

 
 
NAR MIDYEAR LEGISLATIVE MEETINGS & TRADE EXPO...

Join us to take an active role in advancing the industry, public policy agenda and Association during the 2009 Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. The event will be held May 11-16 in Washington, DC. And best of all, IT'S FREE!

Register now >>


 
 
Membership Renewals are Now PAST DUE!

Haven't renewed yet? Save the loss of your SentriLock lockbox access, discounted MRIS fees and other REALTOR® Membership benefits. Renewing online is as easy as 1-2-3.

     1 - Click here
     2 - Log in
     3 - Renew online and receive your itemized receipt immediately !

Thank You for Making PGCAR One of the
BEST professional associations!


 

Prince George's County Association of REALTORS®
8400 Corporate Drive  :  Suite 225 : Landover MD 20785
Phone 301-306-7900  :  Fax 301-306-8273  :  www.pgcar.com  :  ©2008, PGCAR

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